Federal Cabinet approves ban on TLP
The federal cabinet Thursday approved a summary from the interior ministry seeking a ban on the Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan (TLP) under the anti-terrorism law, reported 24News HD TV channel.
The sources said the approval from the federal cabinet has been gotten through a circulation summary.
Sources said the cabinet has started work issuing the declaration of the TLP's ban after the summary was approved. The government will also present the declaration of the ban in the Supreme Court.
As a result of the ban, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) will subsequently denotify the TLP on orders of the apex court and all parliamentarians of the TLP will be automatically disqualified after the ECP denotifies the party.
In a major development on Wednesday, after days of violence across the country in which three people lost their lives, including two policemen, the federal government decided to ban the TLP.
Two policemen embraced martyrdom while hundreds of other sustained serious injuries as the TLP workers challenged the writ of the government over the arrest of their leader.
On Wednesday, Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed announced the government’s decision to ban the religiopolitical body.
He made the announcement during a press conference followed by a meeting in Islamabad on the matter.
“We have decided to ban TLP and this file is going to the federal cabinet to get a nod. The action is being taken under Anti-Terrorism Act on the Punjab government’s recommendation” the interior minister said, warning the TLP should surrender. Later, Rashid also told a news channel that the decision to ban the party has the nod of all stakeholders and has been taken after thorough deliberations.
He said there were several other religious parties in the country, but none resorted to such violent behaviour. He said only in the past few years, the TLP has held several violent protests, bringing the entire country to a grinding halt.
Reporter: Awais Kiani